Them Cheeky Dogs – Challenges and Opportunities in Remote Community Animal Management


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Presenter:  Dr Bonny Cumming, Project Officer and Veterinarian, Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC)

Date: Feb 08, 2018

Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Contact person:  Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 7468
E: thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room)

Target audience:  Open To the Public - All Welcome – Please Share

Abstract
Companion animals – historically dog, though increasingly cat populations – are often cited as a concern for remote community residents and visitors alike. Contributing factors include limited access to veterinary services and a wide-spread lack of local government staff with animal management skills or knowledge. This, combined with a relative dearth of peer-reviewed studies examining the physical and mental human health impacts of inadequately managed remote community companion animal populations, results in animal management often falling off the priority list. This presentation will outline some of the challenges that remote local governments and communities face when attempting to implement animal management activities, as well as the many opportunities that exist to improve the status quo.

About Dr Bonny Cumming
Bonny is a veterinarian and Project Officer for AMRRIC – a national not-for-profit organisation that coordinates veterinary and education programs in rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Since graduating the University of Queensland Bachelor of Veterinary Science with First Class Honours, Bonny has held various clinical and non-clinical roles within the veterinary sector. Her current role with AMRRIC is diverse and includes project development and monitoring, volunteer coordination, managing the development of the AMRRIC App, and policy and protocol development. Bonny has a keen interest in One Health principles; combining community development, veterinary services and environmental conservation to improve animal, human and ecosystem health. 

RSVP by Wednesday, 07 February 2018 via Outlook or thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

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